Ladies of the '90s and early 2000s, Backstreet’s back! The five guys who made hearts melt with hits like “I Want It That Way” and “As Long as You Love Me” are starring in their own documentary. Viewers will get a look at BSB’s sudden rise to fame and what happened to the guys after the boy band phase ended.
The trailer for “Backstreet Boys: Show Em What You’re Made Of” was released Wednesday. In it, one of the members asks, “What do you do when you're a full-grown man in a boy band?” As Gawker noted, it’s a reasonable question, and probably one that their now-grown fans want to know too. To make it more intriguing, “We’re all older now. So much has happened,” one of the guys says. “We’ve seen the best and the worst of each other.”
“From 1999 to about 2002 we were the biggest band in the world,” A.J. McLean says. “No one thought it was going to be as big as it was. Then it just stopped.”
The boys talk about music impresario Lou Pearlman and the $300 million of theirs that apparently went missing in a Ponzi scheme. In a quick glimpse, McLean says Pearlman figured he could put a group together after he saw the success of New Kids on the Block and Boys II Men. Before him, “There was no room for boys like us” on the radio, McLean says.
An interesting fact some U.S. fans might not know about BSB is they apparently sold 14 million copies of their first record, but it never hit stores in America.
“Twenty years is a long time for anybody, let alone five bunch of dorks jumping around on stage singing and dancing,” McLean says.
Check out the trailer below:
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